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February 28, 2012

February Photo Hunt Wrap-Up

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It’s time for another photo hunt wrap up!  Teddy is taking a bow for you all for your lovely participation in this challenging, photo-taking month.  Gee, I could’ve used him in my photo hunt: a bow-wow taking a bow? Er, maybe not.  Anyway, on to your photo hunts.  I have 9.28 photo hunts to share with you (.28? what the heck is she talking about this time?):

First blogger in this time around was Dawn.  Dawn chose to use adorable Katie in all of her photo hunt shots. I thought it was pretty cool how she got her to pose so nicely – looks like that doggy school they attend really pays off!

Next in was Scott.  Scott once again took nearly all of his shots with his iPhone! Handy little device when you are photo-hunting, eh Scott? His last shot of the post, and my favorite, however, wasn’t taken with the iPhone – an absolutely beautiful heart-shaped, natural pool.

Photo hunt #3 was Carol’s of Wanderings of an Elusive Mind (recently added to my blog roll in case you hadn’t noticed). Carol admitted feeling a litte trepidation in deciding on her photo hunt subjects, but I think she did a fab job, especially with the help of a mugging friend and some forgiving (hopefully!) adult children whose baby pictures were posted!

Despite the fact that the word “bun” totally stumped her, Robin turned in a beautiful photo hunt. I just love her natural hearts, and the doggy leap in the snow is adorable.

Deb had to get creative to make interesting pictures out of my somewhat mundane list of photo hunt words.  She had a little fun with the macro lens on some of her shots, but she cheated a little with her heart picture!  I did say no candy boxes, but I’ll let you slide Deb! 😉

The sixth blogger in my hunt this time around was a newcomer, CatbirdinKorea.  I can’t find a real first name for Ms. Catbird anywhere on her blog, so I’m going to assume she’d like to keep it that way!  Ms. Catbird presented a fascinating overseas look at the hunt and I’m very glad she decided to participate!  I hope you’ll come around next time too, Ms. Catbird.

Photo-hunt faithful, Nye Noona, was next in line.  Her post includes some adorable pictures of her daughter Lee and some tasty looking food too!

Dear sister-of-mine took advantage of my photo hunt extension and produced a fun photo hunt, of course starring the lovable Ozzie. I think she was also trying to win my favor with her inclusion of a couple of familiar co-stars! Okay, bonus points for nepotism! 😉

If you happened to miss my photo hunt pictures, please have a look at them here.

So there’s nine photo hunts.  Just what was I talking about when I said 9.28? Here’s the .28: Holly really wanted to participate, but was only able to manage two of the seven shots.  I guess I could really give her .33 since shot #7 was a bonus!  The two shots that she did contribute were adorable, so I’m glad she took the time to post them.

I hope you’ll have the chance to check out all the other photo hunts and leave them some comment love.  Here, I’ll bribe you with some chocolate covered strawberries (hey – there’s another shot I could’ve used in my hunt; they are kind of heart-shaped!):

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New photo hunt in April!

February 26, 2012

An Unusual Day

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Yesterday was an unusual day.  An enjoyable day, but different for sure.  As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, it was Meghan’s birthday.  My day started out as it usually does on a day when I am to play hostess:  completing the house-cleaning and food prep.  It was sunny and about 40°.  I went outside to sweep off the front step, when I was distracted by a large flock of some type of blackbirds in a tree across the street.  Abandoning my step-sweeping temporarily, I ran inside to grab my camera in hopes that the 55-250mm lens could see the birds better than I could.

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Alas, it could not.  Even when I zoomed in, the birds were still undistinguished birds of a black color.  I continued about my business.  While cleaning the glass of the sliding glass door out to the deck, I noticed the sunny sky had strange, tiny, white flecks blowing around in it.  “Is it snowing?” I asked dear hubby.  “Yep, it’s snowing,” came the reply.

But it was really nothing – tiny little things, barely visible, the air too warm for it to stick.  I continued moseying about the house, taking care of my chores in my highly distractable manner.

Did I ever tell you that about me?  Maybe that should have been one of my 7 things.  When I start cleaning the house I am highly distractable.  I rarely finish one chore or one room of the house without starting another chore or room, but somehow it all gets done.  I have no idea what causes me to move about from dishes to floors to dusting to sweeping steps and back again, but that is how I do it.  My sister once wrote about having RDD, or recipe distraction disorder; perhaps I am a victim of HCDD: household chore distraction disorder!

Anyway, I digress.  Early afternoon, before the arrival of our expected guests, look what it was doing outside!
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My mother, travelling up from Cape Cod, texted me: what the heck is with the weather? It was sunny and 42 degrees when I left the Cape!

I had no explanation.  I couldn’t help but be reminded of the last party I had and what happened that night!  But then the snow stopped almost as quickly as it began.

The birthday girl and I found ourselves peering out the front window as we waited for guests to arrive, looking into a beautiful blue and sunny sky.  Again I wondered what type of birds were filling the trees.  I took another shot with my camera and I was thrilled to make this discovery:
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at least a few of the blackbirds, which had flitted from my sycamore tree to the trees across the street were red-winged blackbirds!  I’ve been trying to get half-way decent shot of one of these birds for quite a while now.  It looks like I’ve also got a shiny grackle in the lower right side of the photo.

Teddy and Daphne were less thrilled with my discovery.  They would’ve rather been taken for a walk.
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The strange weather of the day continued – alternating sunny, blue skies with windy, side-ways blowing snow that never stuck to the ground.  Our guests safely arrived and our power stayed on.

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Meghan’s birthday party was a success.  Can anyone spot a little mistake with the photo above?  I just realized it myself when I was reviewing pictures today.  Think it over a bit before you scroll down.
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I told you how old Meghan is yesterday.  Did you figure it out?  Dear hubby gave her an extra candle to blow out by accident!  Yup, there are 18 candles on that cake!  Don’t rush our daughter’s adulthood, silly husband!

I’ve been sitting here for the last few minutes trying to think of a witty way to wind up this blog post, but I can’t seem to do it…. seems I am distracted…… 😉

 

February 25, 2012

How the heck did you get to be 17 already?

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This picture was taken in 2004 when she was only 9 years old, but it is still one of my favorites.  Happy birthday Meghan!

February 24, 2012

My February Photo Hunt

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Whew, got it done!  Here I am, a day before my own deadline finishing and posting my photo hunt.

I’m guessing many of you noticed that I chose words that could be interpreted in more than one way.  With this list of mine, I chose to take the “silly” route with many of my shots.  I couldn’t bear the idea of just one meaning of those words! Have a look:
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Flake with some flakes (we got a little dusting overnight last night; the snow has already disappeared)

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Taking a bow with a bow

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Mugging with a mug ( I kind of like that shot – maybe I’ll make it my new avatar)

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Rowing over a row (the girls are playing the canoeing game on Wii Sports Resort and I told them to look like they were fighting over it)

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Eating a bun with a bun

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Hearts in an unusual place.  I was hoping to get more shots for this, but the month got away from me.  These are paper hearts sold at my school for the American Heart Association.

Bonus:

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Sarah demonstrates her leaping skills.  I wish I had remembered to set a faster shutter speed to stop the action here!  It looked pretty clear the little screen on the camera, and by the time I saw my leaper on the computer, she was gone for the day to a friend’s house, so no re-do.  I’ll see if I can coax a re-do for Leap Day next week!

I’m looking forward to seeing your photo hunts!  If you are someone who is running out of time but still wanted to try to do the hunt, go ahead, take the weekend to finish! Just don’t forget to leave me a link on the original hunt post.  The slacker blogger can cut you some slack! 😉

Slacker Blogger!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 9:28 am
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Just a quick hello from me this morning.  I have to report to you all that I feel like a big slacker!  It has been an odd week around here.  Would you believe I haven’t taken the photos for my own photo hunt (due tomorrow!) ?  I know what I want to take for photos but I just haven’t done it yet.  To those of you who have already submitted, I think you know that I prefer not to look at your hunts until I’ve completed my own, so I will need a little time before I come around to have a peek! 🙂

It was a weird week because it was supposed to be February break from school.  It was for my daughters, but not for the school district I work for.  We had to make up snow days from that crazy snow storm back in October.  I’m used to having this week off to prepare for Meghan’s birthday party, which we traditionally have on the Saturday at the end of the vacation week.  Luckily, I do have today off from work, so I’ll be using it, in addition to doing my own photo hunt, to shop and clean the house in preparation for tomorrow.

We also squeezed in our very first college visit this week, to help Meghan in her preparation for deciding which colleges to apply to.  I brought my camera along on our visit to Stonehill College in Easton, MA but decided I just didn’t feel right whipping it out as we walked through the lovely campus.  There were even swans on a little pond on the campus and the sun was low and glowing… it took a lot of my will to not stop and take pictures and keep up with the tour!

I’ve been slacking in responding to comments and commenting at your blogs too!  I hope to rectify that very soon.

Here, have some cookies to make up for my slackerliness:

February 20, 2012

Serendipity

Filed under: For the Birds — Karma @ 3:29 pm
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This morning I continued my bird count for the GBBC while drinking coffee and reading blogs.  I have a nice view of my bird feeders from where I sit while I’m at the computer.  I was reading this post by Holly and admiring her sparkly snow and a picture of a red-bellied woodpecker – frequent visitor to my feeders last winter.  I mentioned in a comment to her that I’d actually seen those woodpeckers using the same pose she had captured on my feeders, but hadn’t had my camera handy at the time.  Less than 10 minutes after I left that comment, guess what?  Yup, a couple of red-bellied woodpeckers showed up in my front yard!

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Funny thing is, I didn’t even realize at first that I had taken pictures of both of the birds.  Only when I was editing the size of the shots to put them in the slideshow did I notice that two of the shots featured a bird with a fully bright red forehead, while the others show a bird with the appearance of a “bald patch” (not really bald, of course, just gray feathers where the other has red)

I was happy to have the opportunity to catch the pictures, and add the red-bellies to my count for the GBBC.

For anyone who may be interested, here’s a list of the species I counted:

  • northern cardinal
  • blue jay
  • dark-eyed junco
  • mourning dove
  • rock pigeon
  • tufted titmouse
  • red tail hawk
  • song sparrow
  • house sparrow
  • American robin
  • European starling
  • Cooper’s hawk
  • red-bellied woodpecker

February 19, 2012

Moments

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Thanks to the Great Backyard Bird Count, I had some really lovely moments this weekend while I was out counting birds.  Our incredibly mild winter weather continued, and both mornings this weekend I stepped outside and looked into beautiful blue skies.
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It was about 40°F each morning, and I stayed warm enough just wearing sweats and my bathrobe.  I stepped out on my deck and took it all in.  Birds sang like it was spring time.  I quietly watched the fluttering around me, that I’m sure I’m not always aware of because I don’t take the time to notice.  The dogs had followed me outside and had a playful morning romp, but eventually even they seemed to take in the specialness of the moment.
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Daphne and Teddy became quiet too, almost like they were taking it in too.  Breathing deep, listening, watching, appreciating.

I was rewarded with the sight of a beautiful red-tailed hawk with its gorgeous red feathers against that clear blue sky.  At first I regretted not having camera in hand, but then I was okay with it.  It was enough to experience the moment.

But, if you’ve learned anything at all about me since I started this blog, you must know I eventually did grab the camera.  The hawk returned and landed in the neighbor’s yard, a few houses up the street.
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I enjoyed the simple site of a sparrow singing in morning sunshine.
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I chuckled at the sight of Mr. Cardinal finding himself a drinking fountain, in the form of the return fitting on the side of my pool.

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(had a little disagreement with Mr. Autofocus there – wish this shot was clearer, but I’m not letting it ruin the moment)

And I was granted a new photo session with our friend the robin who, I’ve learned since my last post about him, really isn’t so strange to see at this time of year.

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So thank you GBBC, and thank you backyard birds, for providing me with these moments.

February 17, 2012

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Filed under: For the Birds — Karma @ 5:13 pm
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Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Why not think about participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count?  I just found out about this today.

As it happens, I was reading this blog post of Robin’s, and that reminded me that I hadn’t been over to Bob’s site for a few days, where I read this post, and left a comment about spotting bluebirds.  That caused me to pop over to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (handy link over there in my side bar, if you are interested) to find out about the Eastern Bluebird’s winter range.  While I was over there, I found out about the Great Backyard Bird Count.

It sounds pretty easy and fun to participate.  You can download a tally sheet saying what birds are likely to be spotted in your area in February and watch a short video about how to participate.  Its quite easy: watch and identify birds for at least 15 minutes each day, then submit your tally for that day online.  You will even be entered for drawings for neat bird stuff like feeders, books and binoculars (I think – I hope I am remembering that video correctly!)

The GBBC actually started today – I watched birds for a few minutes and thought about putting in my count for today, but I don’t think it’d be accurate since I hadn’t found out about the GBBC at the time I was watching.  That is, however, when I got that picture up there of the lovely Mrs. C.

The GBBC runs through Monday, so it seems like a fun thing to do for a long weekend.  If you have an interest in birds, why don’t you join me this weekend?

February 12, 2012

7 Things about Me, Day 7

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A week ago, I decided to accept the “Versatile Blogger Award” from Michaela and Amy.  I scribbled down some notes about what my seven “reveals” would be and started writing.

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I thought I had enough to say to create a week of posts, a la Amy.  I rolled out and scheduled the first three fairly easily.  Then I hemmed and hawed and wasn’t sure of some of my subjects.  Was the one about the high school crush too much of a downer? (maybe it was; only a few commented) Was the one about the Big Bang Theory not really about me?

The subject of Saturday’s post was one that came to me fairly recently and became a real desire thanks to many of you!  I’ve enjoyed reading about and seeing pictures from so many different places these past few years through your blogs.  But what in the world was I going to write about for the seventh day?  I hemmed, I hawed once again.  I read blogs.  I looked through photo albums. I curled up on the couch and tried to think or perhaps meditate on this.  I read some more blogs.  Then I read this one of Kathy’s.  I even commented on Kathy’s post about how I was still reaching for elusive #7.  Suddenly, it dawned on me.

My final reveal about me became obvious: I am absolutely terrible about making decisions!!!  And I’m not talking about huge, life-changing decisions (well I’m horrific at those too, but luckily those don’t come along very often) but little, daily decisions.  What should I eat?  Should I go for a walk?  Do I let the children do such-and-such for such-and-such a reason? Should I write a blog about that?
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I examine things from a zillion different sides and sometimes probably create sides that didn’t even exist before I started thinking about them.  I ask my poor husband a ridiculous amount of questions.  And if it is a decision about whether to buy something – watch out!  Even if it is something I’ve desired for a long time, I question my decision to purchase, even after it is done. How many of you remember my struggle with the decision to purchase a DSLR, and then deciding which one?
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And so there you have it, dear readers, 7 things you didn’t know about me ( or maybe you did).  It was an interesting week of posts.  Or maybe it wasn’t.  I don’t know, I can’t decide… 😉

February 11, 2012

7 Things about Me, Day 6

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“I went from Phoenix, Arizona, all the way to Tacoma,

Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A…..”

– Steve Miller

Actually, that’s not true.  I’ve seen woefully little of this fabulous country we live in.  I’ve lived in Massachusetts my entire life, the grand majority here in this little town in the western part that Bostonians believe to be the residence of dragons apparently:

 I’ve spent wonderful times visiting Maine,
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Connecticut,
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Rhode Island,

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New York,
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Pennsylvania,
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and Florida,

as well as California and North Carolina, with some short jaunts to Vermont and New Hampshire.  But there is so much more that I really want to see!  The Great Lakes, the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains and Alaska for starters.  I have a little dream in my head to some day take a cross-country photography trip, stopping wherever and whenever I like.  Sometimes I’ve thought it would be best to take the trip alone so that I didn’t have impatient passengers waiting at every stop, but now I’ve started to wonder if it would be better to go with someone who loves photography as much as I do.  Any takers? 😉

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